Category: Faith

Ticket to Ride

30/7/2020
Ticket to Ride

Planes, trains and automobiles can all carry a ticket to ride. The ticket gets you on the vehicle and off. It requires a payment.

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Fertilizing Tomorrow

6/11/2018
Fertilizing Tomorrow

Would you rather live in the presence of God that seeks the miraculous than the weakness of faith that dismisses the miraculous?  Jesus still teaches that the Father gives the Holy...

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Flying at Reason

22/10/2018
Flying at Reason

A man would be better to say there is no God than to say that God is unfaithful. ~ Thomas Brooks It is a madness.

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GREAT FAITH#

8/10/2018
GREAT FAITH#

When your life is built on the Rock, Jesus, storms will come but you will stand and not be defeated. God is a vindicator.

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The Valley of Sifting

15/9/2018
The Valley of Sifting

Sifting is always associated with a cleansing loss. It is a process ensuring that the end product is purer than the original one.

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When Me Isn't Me!

10/9/2018
When Me Isn't Me!

Adam and Eve hid, and we have all used them as role models. (Brennan Manning) Adam and Eve hid from God in Eden after that first sin.

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When There Was No faith

5/7/2018
When There Was No faith

Once upon a time (in pre-history) there was no faith. This time will arrive again soon, when the dwelling of God returns to be with men.

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Waited Long?

27/6/2018
Waited Long?

Long have I wandered in God's word. His trails and tracks with its vistas and views always reach into my soul. Often my wandering opens my wondering.

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The Testing of Faith

23/5/2018
The Testing of Faith

Suffering confronts the benevolence of God. It is in our appalling darknesses that we mistrust the love He has shown us in our easy light.

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I Have Cast My Lot With Jesus

22/5/2018
I Have Cast My Lot With Jesus

I have cast my lot with Jesus I choose Him to navigate my calm or stormy seas I pray, I plead, my soul long wrestles with self-will Yet, I have cast my lot...

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Let Me feel Hope - Please?

19/4/2018
Let Me feel Hope - Please?

Too many, too long have lived at hell's doors. Visiting the vestibule of hell is surely a metaphor to living without hope. For, hell holds no hope.

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God's Journeymen

14/4/2018
God's Journeymen

Believers travel an unfamiliar path. They move as journeymen, competent but not masters in the ways of holiness. This path is trodden by gentle and steadfast people.

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Sheer Lunacy

3/10/2017
Sheer Lunacy

The minds of men vainly attempt to sabotage the words of God. The truth remains, God's word is not subject to mankind's mind, either individually or collectively.

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Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes

13/8/2017
Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes

Spiritual heroes, who truly knows of them?   Surely the greatest men of faith to this day choose to remain unknown?  You too can become a spiritual hero.

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Feeling Safe

9/8/2017
Feeling Safe

Maybe you have marched through your rhythms of life behind the Lord's shield a long time? Has the Lord held your shield of faith, pulled you safely into its protection? Behind the...

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The Unmarked Trail

26/7/2017
The Unmarked Trail

Jesus has imprisoned my attention, my faith He has relentlessly stirred. Jesus has turned my misadventures into benefit, my losses into gain.

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2 Heroes & 10 Zeroes

3/7/2017
2 Heroes & 10 Zeroes

Circa 1500 B. C. the Israelites fled Egypt for the Promised Land, Canaan. The sons of Abraham were free, but their thoughts were not.

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We Have Been Sold A Pup!

12/6/2017
We Have Been Sold A Pup!

Eight decades ago Francis Schaeffer argued: The concept that the final reality is energy which has existed forever in some form and takes its present form by chance has totally destructive...

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No Word from God Fails

29/5/2017
No Word from God Fails

Moses parted the Red Sea and Joshua's priests parted the flooded Jordan. Elijah raised the dead, called down fire from heaven and changed the weather.

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The Ultimate Chart for Life?

26/5/2017
The Ultimate Chart for Life?

Persistent passions plague/wash/enhance/. . . . . (insert your chosen description) all lives. Sometimes they control us, but almost always they help us navigate each day.

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Fear Derailed

21/5/2017
Fear Derailed

Previously this bold teenager had rescued sheep from lions' mouths -- bear battles would not be any more troublesome.

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There Are Not Two Christs#

30/3/2017
There Are Not Two Christs#

A Christian's soul battles his heart. His soul suggests righteousness while his heart stresses indulgence. Hudson Taylor held tightly to his soul's suggestions.

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How to Measure the Impossible

27/3/2017
How to Measure the Impossible

The wrestle with ambition. . . the visible inadequacy of supplies. . . or the fears of absent skills have long hindered the divine call landing upon human ears.

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There Is No Easy Space

13/1/2017
There Is No Easy Space

No easy space exists for those who would bear Christ's cross, surrender their will and audit their life in obedience to Him who was faithful unto death.

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That Day to Trust

30/11/2016
That Day to Trust

When the day breaks as bleak as the night was lonely. . . When rest flees and health holds its hand. . .

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God Made Man Upright

27/9/2016
God Made Man Upright

The Lord created the universe from His righteousness and for His righteousness. Righteousness is the foundation of His throne, His measuring line of behavior.

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How to Run with God's Words#

12/9/2016
How to Run with God's Words#

Spoken words can program your spirit (heart) either to success or defeat. Words are containers. They carry faith, or fear, and they produce their kind.

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Making a Money Sandwich

21/8/2016
Making a Money Sandwich

Wealth sits in God's unlocked vault. We all will live very, very well, a rich life when each day is sandwiched between these two verses: . . .

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The Hose of Desire

27/7/2016
The Hose of Desire

Ambition and righteousness are not bed partners.   Confession time. . . I find it far too easy to pursue godliness ambitiously, for personal gain.

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3 Ways to Keep the Faith

12/7/2016
3 Ways to Keep the Faith

November 3rd 1992 saw Jon Bon Jovi release his chart shaking 'Keep the Faith'. He sung that keeping the faith is 'living though the rain'.

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9 Facts Heroes of Faith Know

25/4/2016
9 Facts Heroes of Faith Know

Heroes of faith ROCK! As regular readers know, my enduring (YEP - until I hand my knife and fork in) super-hero remains Hudson Taylor of China Inland Mission fame.

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3 Truths for a Dry Faith

12/4/2016
3 Truths for a Dry Faith

Is the soul parched and the spirit cracked? Has repetition at worship dulled your praise? Could the absence of personal devotion be a stealth attack to your faith? Maybe all the above, or...

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Stolen from a Cross

17/2/2016
Stolen from a Cross

Faith is no man's jailer. Faith has been betrayed. It has been exchanged for knowledge.   Abundant Christian knowledge is spuriously advertised from pulpits.

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Wrestle Mania

15/2/2016
Wrestle Mania

As sure as the candles on my birthday cake accumulate the titans of my flesh and faith war.

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Of Faith & Fire

20/1/2016
Of Faith & Fire

Jesus has called His believers to faithfulness while promising them fire.   We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.

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The Pretending Heart

19/1/2016
The Pretending Heart

As the sun dawned upon recorded time, a deceitfully hairy Jacob masqueraded as his hirsute brother Esau, to steal Esau's blessing.

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For Those Who Would See Heaven

11/1/2016
For Those Who Would See Heaven

What kingdom can be built, what storehouses cast open, or what temples erected while the servants simply play? Life is a battleground, it is not a playground.

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The Paradox of Justice

14/10/2015
The Paradox of Justice

God is interested in justice, though wherever we look this may not appear so. God is no mere prince of justice - He is its Lord.

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Pleasing the Eye

13/10/2015
Pleasing the Eye

Deliberately God planted two significant trees beside each other at the center of Eden. So noteworthy in fact, they were the only two trees He named.

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6 Reasons Why Healing Fails

21/9/2015
6 Reasons Why Healing Fails

Our prayers have risen as incense to heaven. Though persistently released from our heart in great hunger, we may even beg for supernatural healings yet they fail.

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Healing - a Cautionary Tale#

20/9/2015
Healing - a Cautionary Tale#

It is disturbing to me that God can be viewed by Christ's followers as a willing under-achiever. Countless generations prior to the invention of the printing press (c.

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A Healing God? ~ Part B

17/9/2015
A Healing God? ~ Part B

There is an impassioned plea to be made for the God who raises the dead, heals the sick and conquers evil - HE STILL DOES THIS! Yet too many Christians languish...

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A Healing God? ~ Part A#

16/9/2015
A Healing God? ~ Part A#

Has the healing of mortal bodies become inconvenient to God? Does He still repair the injured and heal the sick, for copious evidence would suggest that God does not? Many far more...

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Suffering's 1st Gotta Ask Question#

14/9/2015
Suffering's 1st Gotta Ask Question#

From within a very ancient Babylon - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego endured an unimaginable super-heated furnace rather than deny their faith. (See Daniel 3 for this true story.

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A Stronger Prayer for the Weaker*

23/6/2015
A Stronger Prayer for the Weaker*

What travail did King David suffer when he penned this tenacious cry to his Lord? What times of trouble was David so anxious would pass? Not one is immune from the weakening...

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Beating Betrayal

3/6/2015
Beating Betrayal

Joseph was an innocent dreamer and his brothers guilty haters. In a moment sealed by hatred they conspired to kill the innocent.

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Clothed in Suffering?

4/5/2015
Clothed in Suffering?

My dear old mom was wont to repeat to her persistent and untidily clad son, that he may not be too slow to learn: clothes maketh the man.

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Esau's Battlegound

13/4/2015
Esau's Battlegound

Amazingly Esau and Jesus faced identical battles. Esau's did not last very long. Satan seized an opportunity and mounted a raid on Jesus' future. (And the future of mankind.

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Loving What Is Better

9/3/2015
Loving What Is Better

One thing I ask from the Lord,     this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of...

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Sailing to Peace in 2015

30/12/2015
Sailing to Peace in 2015

Soul Snack 249/14 . . . Tomorrow is as insecure as yesterday is now past. The New Year always approaches with uncertainties, lingering fears; both thieves rest.

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A Matter of Record

30/7/2014
A Matter of Record

Soul Snack 144/14 . . . Life is no more random chance than a dice is the guarantee to wealth. There is always cause and effect.

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A False Eden

4/12/2013

Soul Snack 233/13 . . . A False Eden We must shelter our hearts in no rival to God. ~ A. W.

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Becalmed Faith ~ D

26/8/2013

Soul Snack 163/13 . . . Becalmed Faith ~ D The rigging hangs loose, the mast is not secure and the sail is not spread.

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Seeking Peter's permission?

15/8/2013

Soul Snack 156/13 . . . Seeking Peter's permission? We rarely permit ourselves to feel discomfort - this is the spirit of the age. We play it safe.

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Becalmed Faith ~ C

14/8/2013

Soul Snack 155/13 . . . Becalmed Faith - C An increasing spiritual maturity is an attainable goal, not a constantly receding mirage. ~ J. O.

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Costly Salvation

23/5/2013

Soul Snack 97/13 . . . Costly Salvation Will ye also go away? - John 6:67 As recorded in the sixth chapter of John, Jesus lost His crowd.

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Agents of Darkness

15/4/2013

Soul Snack 70/13 . . . Agents of DarknessRecently my mowing was interrupted with heretical musings across an untidy front lawn.

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Water Splashing

25/2/2013

Soul Snack 39/13 . . . Water Splashing “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water. ” “Come,” he said.

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Jesus still enters storms

3/9/2012

Soul Snack 154/12 . . . Jesus still enters storms The swells roll, waves thunder, and water drenches as the gales of life return with a varying fierceness.

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New Wine in New Skins

25/7/2012

Soul Snack 126/12 . . .  New Wine in New Skins Christ's body - His church is always growing, never remaining the same (as with human bodies).

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4 Facts of Faith

26/4/2012

There was no faith in Eden; there will be no faith in heaven. Faith is the Christian's transport between Eden and heaven.

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Faith foundations

16/2/2012

Soul Snack 15/12 . . . Faith foundations Faith sees what your physical eyes can never see. Faith knows what your natural mind can never comprehend.

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Keeping it

5/9/2011

Soul Snack 152/11 . . . Keeping it Satan seeks to rob you of your most precious possession. It is the apex and purpose of all his attacks.

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Faith's wand

1/9/2011

Soul Snack 149/11 . . . Faith's wand The scorched soul and the fallen body both cry out for relief.

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S.T.A.B.O.

29/8/2011

Soul Snack 146/11 . . . S. T. A. B. O. A kind hearted soul is difficult to find, a faithful one even harder. S. T. A. B. O.

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It was meant to be

17/7/2011

Soul Snack 115/11 . . . It was meant to be Shattered expectations that shake the entire person with disappointment have pursued us all.

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Fuel Fools

29/6/2011

Soul Snack 103 . . . Fuel Fools Devoted to the appearance of the groom, ten young women waited in grace and patience. Only five however exercised wisdom.

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The Schools of Trouble

20/3/2011

Soul Snack 77/13 . . . The Schools of TroubleFaith is my carriage between sunrise and sunset. Faith is my entree to the future and my menu for today.

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The Feat of Feet

3/2/2011

Soul Snack 173/12 . . . The Feat of Feet Suspended above the ravine, ginger footsteps took him forward.

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Toddler of Trust

23/1/2011

Soul Snack 1/11 . . . Toddler of Trust A parent so longs for their child to crawl. This is followed by an equal eagerness for them to walk.

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Heaven's fairy dust

14/10/2010

Soul Snack 180/10 . . . Heaven's fairy-dust Without discrimination, fairy-dust is sprinkled upon lives of both travail and ease.

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Crossing Jordan - C

19/5/2010

Soul Snack 75/10 . . . Crossing Jordan - C A flooded Jordan, a promised land and miracles by the 'bucket-load', all spell the fodder for a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Crossing Jordan - A

16/5/2010

Soul Snack 73/10 . . . Crossing Jordan - A Three short days previously  the Israelites had been instructed to cross the Jordan River.

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Maturity

19/4/2010

Soul Snack 54/10 . . . Maturity From birth to burial the purpose is maturity. From school to work the purpose is education.

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Jesus' Black Swan - B

11/3/2010

Soul Snack 30/10 . . . Jesus' Black Swan - B Odyssey Marine Exploration after thirteen years of diligence no longer sailed over treasure.

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Fridge Faith

9/7/2009

Soul Snack 9/109 . . . Fridge Faith Ice Age 3 is here! Young minds are captured, old ones call for more.

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Pain in Paradise

20/3/2009

Soul Snack 9/35 . . . Pain in Paradise Tears in beautiful places can flow as readily as tears in barren places.

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Arrested Faith

13/3/2009

Soul Snack 9/30 . . . Arrested Faith Loomimg menacingly across Jesus now is the spectre of the Cross. Gethsemane is complete.

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Mounting Mountains

9/3/2009

Soul Snack 9/26 . . . Mounting Mountains Regular readers and subscribers may know well Hudson Taylor is my hero. In 1870 he climbed some very tangible Everests.

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Cosmic Conspiring - B

6/3/2009

Soul Snack 9/25 . . . Cosmic Conspiring - B All walk an unseen path. The chances of life appear with neither introduction nor warning.

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Flying High

4/3/2009

Soul Snack 107/11 . . . Flying High Carrying all the saints from the earth's surface to heaven's Son is God's unchallengeable faith rocket.

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The Skilled Spectator

19/2/2009

Soul Snack 9/14 . . . The Skilled Spectator Sometimes she felt as if life had placed her as a skilled spectator during an event on a velodrome track.

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Lord Locks - B

1/12/2008

Soul Snack 8/209 . . . Lord Locks - B Knock, knock, knocking on your door of your house to no avail, can only bring sadness.

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Lord Locks - A

28/11/2008

Soul Snack 8/208 . . . Lord Locks - A Closeted in the cerebellum and hidden in the heart is a mechanism that permits no entry.

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War Safety

13/11/2008

Soul Snack 107/11 . . . War Safety Arrows thudded with a dull thump into the heavy impenetrable leather.

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Faith File - A

10/11/2008

Soul Snack 8/194 . . . Faith File - A John Kavanaugh intentionally approaches Mother Teresa on the streets of Calcutta.

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Bonsai Believers - A

30/10/2008

Soul Snack 8/187 . . . Bonsai Believers - A Captives walking freely down the busy streets, the quiet lanes or congested malls.

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Altitude Attitude - B

11/9/2008

Soul Snack 8/154 . . . Altitude Attitude - B Clawing through my present toward my future are pleasures and pains of the past.

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Altitude Attitude - A

10/9/2008

Soul Snack 8/153 . . . Altitude Attitude - A Bright sunshine so clearly matched his mood. His steps echoed well being, his gait indicated purpose.

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Heavenly Blacksmithing

8/9/2008

Soul Snack 106/11 . . . Heavenly Blacksmithing Forged on the fingertips of faith lovingly extended from heaven is His iron-clad outreach to me.

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The Cosmic Camera!

23/7/2008

Soul Snack 8/118 . . . The Cosmic Camera! Click the shutter of your imagination open! Delve further and further into your recesses of delight and adventure.

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His 4th friend?

17/7/2008

Soul Snack S18/12 . . . His fourth friend? Four men gathered in a beautiful Mediterranean garden, one dark and cool evening.

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'The Long Haul.'

16/7/2008

Soul Snack 8/115 . . . 'The Long Haul. ' Disregarding entirely any personal interest she reaches out with the intrepid faith of an ancient mariner.

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Correct Days

11/7/2008

Soul Snack 8/112 . . . Correct Days Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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Deceit, Doubt & Decisiveness

30/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/103 . . Deceit, Doubt & Decisiveness A decisive belief is a blessing to behold. In a silence that seduces, deceptive whispers arrive almost imperceptively .

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Divine Thunder

26/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/101 . . . Divine Thunder This river bed held untold stories of God's activity bringing both adventure and terror over countless milennia.

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Divine Stealth

25/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/100 . . . Divine Stealth With the stealth of The Divine an all enveloping mist rolled effortlessly through the valley.

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Cheap Faith

24/6/2008

Soul Snack S7/12 . . . Cheap Faith These people were unable to be numbered. They wore dust stained sandals and a wizened skin from the relentless mid-eastern sun.

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The Net

23/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/98 . . . The Net Reaching for her dressing gown, her mind both wandered and wondered. Out into a dark morning, restlessly she moved.

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The Faith Flame

22/5/2008

Soul Snack 8/77 . . . The Faith Flame Mountain air low and thick commands attention. The freshness enlivening, the cold numbing.

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Boomerang Words

14/4/2008

Soul Snack 88/12 . . . Boomerang Words A mist obstructed dawn drifted across the nearby mountain peaks. Lightly filtered beams radiated freshness and hope into his simple cabin.

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The Root of Greatness - A

19/2/2008

Soul Snack 8/13 . . . The Root of Greatness - A "And they were all amazed at the greatness of God" Luke 9:43 A young boy convulsed uncontrollably.

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